We still live in a world where judgment comes before the opportunity to provide evidence of innocence or to provide details to prove wrong the thoughts of the judgment placed on the individual or individuals.
Why do I bring up this point? Because I have lived the judgment, the made-up narratives and stories, and the prejudgment based on gender, color, and injury. But most importantly, I have worked with children who face many barriers in life, but they do not need to be counted out. Courage is something I can recognize in others as they face daily challenges and strive to come to school and work to gain an education.
We will continue to raise the bar high for ourselves as educators and for our students. If they can overcome the challenges in life, I know they can overcome any obstacles which will come their way with the right tools, resources, and techniques. No excuses are needed. We need high-performing educators with children setting the bar high to achieve.
Those who have and are achieving despite all the odds against them are a sign; it can be done. Let’s do it with all students! Ready, Set, Go!